The Delhi University (DU) has waived off the tuition and hostel fee for students with disabilities. A circular, issued by Deputy Registrar (Academic) Ram Dutt, marked to me, says that the fee paid by such students for the current academic year should be refunded “at the earliest”.
It says, “(Students with physical disabilities) shall be exempted from payment of fees, including examination fee and other university fees, except admission fee, subscription towards Delhi University Students’ Union and identity card fee.”
In another letter to the authorities, Dutt says, “Payment of all fees and charges (except refundable caution fees) and the mess fees” will be exempted for students with physical disabilities living in university hostels.
The circular says the university will pay half of the mess fees for the students.
Colleges have also been told to keep two seats, out of every 100 seats in hostels, for disabled students. This is in addition to the 3-per cent reservation of seats for students with disabilities in hostels, University Registrar Alka Sharma says in a handout.
This year, around 500 students with disabilities have enrolled in various undergraduate courses, the highest so far, although 1,500 undergraduate seats are reserved for them at DU. The decision is likely to benefit around 2,000 students at various undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including MPhil, PhD as well as medical students with disabilities at University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), Delhi.